WWE has recently stated on SmackDown that Banks and Naomi are suspended indefinitely and are no longer the Women’s Tag Team Champions. The titles will find a new home after a tournament will take place.
This incident has brought out many opinions from WWE fans but also many wrestling talents have come forward with what they think about the situation. Mickie James recently spoke about what was on her mind with what transpired.
While speaking with Busted Open Radio, James had the following to say (this aired prior to the duo being suspended) –
“I actually applaud them standing in their convictions and how they felt,” James said. “If that’s how they felt and they felt disrespected, or they felt unheard, or they felt any of those things, at the end of the day, we’re still independent contractors. It can be argued that they did show up to work that day, they saw whatever they were supposed to do and they had committed to at least half the day. I don’t really know because I wasn’t there to see the whole thing, so you’re only hearing what they put out.”
She continues, “Honestly, when I saw the statement, I was a bit in shock that WWE would even put out this statement,” James said. “I couldn’t believe Vince signed off on this statement. I was just looking at it like, ‘Who wrote this thing?’ I can’t remember a time when a statement has been put out.
“There’s always, ‘Card subject to change,’ and there have certainly been people who have left, just left, packed up, and went home, or have been, quote on quote, deemed ‘unprofessional’, but it’s never been called out before. So I find that a bit ironic. I don’t know why they would put out a statement. It’s almost like they sold for it quickly.”
Since the news broke about Banks/Naomi being suspended, their merchandise has been removed from WWE Shop, they no longer have Facebook profiles, and Naomi has removed “WWE Superstar” from her Twitter bio.